Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

New Music this Weekend

by sarah - February 17th, 2017

More great music is happening this weekend, and we are thrilled to be able to support both the North/South Chamber Orchestra and the Willamette Falls Symphony with Performance Grants for their outstanding work!  On Sunday, February 19, both ensembles will hold concerts featuring new music

The North/South Chamber Orchestra is holding their Midwinter Fest concert in New York City, as part of the Composers Now Festival – which is a free even to the public.  The event will include Transfigurations by Lan-In Winnie Yang,  and Margarita Zelenaia‘s I Believe.  More information about the concert available here, as well as at BroadwayWorld.com – and have a listen to Zelenaia’s work below:


The Willamette Falls Symphony in Oregon City, Oregon will perform Margaret Brouwer‘s Pluto as part of a concert titled, “The Planets and Heavens”.  This great work was written in two versions, with option women’s chorus.  Read more about the origins of this work, Brouwer’s inspirations, and listen to recordings of both versions on Brouwer’s website.  Find out more information and purchase tickets for Sunday’s concert here.

Coming Concerts

by sarah - October 26th, 2016

Two more great events to look forward toward this weekend from WPA Performance Grant winners!!

67190_10151225415761071_1214133136_nThe Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, under the direction of Anna Edwards, will perform American composer Margaret Brouwer’s Sizzle.  The piece was originally commissioned by The Women’s Philharmonic as part of The Fanfares Project and was premiered in 2000.  Read more about the piece on Brouwer’s website, and find out more about the performances this weekend (on October 29 and 30th) here.  Get a taste of what’s in store with this recording of the work by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic:




On Friday, October 28 the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, based in New York City, is presenting a concert titled “This, Too, Must be Heard: 20/21st Century Female Composers”.  The concert will include works by Ethel Smyth, Dobrinka Tabakova, and Doreen Carwithen – a fantastic mix of historic and contemporary works!  Find out more information about the concert here, and get excited for the coming concert by becoming familiar with Doreen Carwithen’s Concerto for Piano and Strings (1948) which will be heard on Friday:

Monday Link Round Up: June 29

by sarah - June 29th, 2015

Some news worth reading:

Alex Ross wrote about the 2015 Ojai Music Festival, which took place earlier in June, in the July 6 edition of The New Yorker.  Featured composers at this year’s festival included Anna Thorvaldsdottir.  The International Contemporary Ensemble performed “In the Light of Air.”  Read more here.

Orchestra Iowa has hired a new concertmaster.  Award winning violinist Dawn Gingrich will begin her tenure in the 2015-2016 season.  Read more here.

Tom Service of The Guardian discusses the history and continued relevance of the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata.  Read about the ways in which the role, and the misogyny that Violetta experiences, continues to speak to today’s audiences.

The Blue Streak Ensemble, which was founded by composer Margaret Brouwer, has two upcoming concerts featuring the work of Brouwer and Chen Yi among other contemporary composers.  Learn more at the Blue Streak Ensemble website.


What did we miss?  Let us know in the comments below.

RPO Honored with AMY Award

by sarah - June 2nd, 2012

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy was delighted to award the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Arild Remmereit with the first ever AMY Award for Excellence in Orchestral Programming.

We have kept up with the RPO over the 2011-2012 season. During his first season with the ensemble, Remmereit set a wonderful precedent by programming eight works by historic and contemporary women. Liane Curtis, the WPA founder and president, made the trip to Rochester on Thursday to present the award, this beautiful sculpture designed by Rita Blitt.

You can read the RPO’s press release on the award here.

And do be sure to stop by Arild Remmereit’s Facebook page for photos of the maestro with Liane as well as with composer Margaret Brouwer, who was commissioned by the RPO. Her new work, Caution Ahead—Guard Rail Out was premiered on Thursday on a program that also included Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths: A Dedication to Mary and Martha.

Congratulations to the RPO and Arild Remmereit! We look forward to more good work to come next season!

Music by Women at the Cabrillo Festival

by sarah - June 6th, 2011

The annual Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, held in Santa Cruz, California, has a history of highlighting music by women. This is due in part to the festival focusing on living composers – however, I suspect that it is in part a happy consequence of the programming of music director and conductor Marin Alsop.

Here is a video where she describes the process of programming the Cabrillo Festival:

For the 2011 season, Cabrillo will have fifteen composers in residence – including six women.

  • Margaret Brouwer
  • Chiayu
  • Anna Clyne
  • Tina Davidson
  • Zosha di Castri
  • Elena Kats-Chernin